Join in the discussion each 1st Thursday of month at 2:30
We also have an Evening Book Club that meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7pm.
This event is free and open to all adults. No registration required.
May 2nd ~ Disobedience by Jane Hamilton. 273 pages, published 2000
17-year-old Henry Shaw learns of his mother’s affair when he stumbles across her e-mails to her lover. His image of her is shattered, but he cannot resist eavesdropping. Henry’s younger sister, Elvira, is scornful of technology, stuck in 1862 with her fellow hardcore Civil War re-en-actors. Each member of the Shaw family explore their hard-to-realize dreams, the difficult lessons of history, and the fragility and strength of family life.
June 6th ~ Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. 318 pages, published 2001
In an unnamed South American country, a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. A ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters through the air conditioning ducts. Among the hostages are Russian, Italian, and French diplomats. Joined by no common language except music, the 58 international hostages and their captors forge unexpected bonds. Time stands still, but ultimately, of course, something has to give.
July 3rd ~ Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. 291 pages, published 2018
In 1967 Willa is a schoolgirl coping with her Mom’s disappearance. In 1977, a college coed considering marriage. In 1997, a widow trying to put her life back together. In 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother. She flies to Baltimore to look after a young woman she’s never met, her 9-year-old girl, and their dog. This decision leads her into uncharted waters. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation.
*Book Group will meet on July 3 due to Library closure on the 4th
August 19th ~ A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. 337 pages, published 2014
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” When a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, his solitary world is turned on its head by unexpected friendships.
September 5th ~ Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy. 417 pages, published 1976
Connie Ramos is a Mexican American woman living on the streets of New York. When Connie is contacted by an envoy from the year 2137, she witnesses a possible future where sexual and racial equality, environmental purity, and unprecedented self-actualization is contrasted with an alternate future of grotesque exploitation in which the barrier between person and commodity has finally been eroded. One will become our world. And Connie herself may strike the decisive blow.
October 3rd ~ It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. 384 pages, published 1935
A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy. It Can’t Happen Here is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, rampant promiscuity, crime, and a liberal press.
November 7th ~ Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. 480 pages, published 2018
Willa Knox has always prided herself on being the embodiment of responsibility – so it’s unnerving to arrive at middle age with nothing but a stack of unpaid bills and an inherited home that is literally falling apart. Willa hopes that the local historical society might provide funding for its direly needed repairs and through her research into Vineland’s past and its creation as a Utopian community, she discovers a kindred spirit from the 1880s, Thatcher Greenwood.
December 5th ~ How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson. 293 pages, published 2014
Explore the history of innovation, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. From accidental genius and brilliant mistakes – How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects that shape contemporary life.